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WILE E, ROAD RUNNER AND MORE

Kids love cartoons -- and so do grown-ups.

That's why movies and TV moguls make so many of these productions portraying a long list of favorite humorous characters who never lose their popularity and praise.

The U.S. Postal Service is a long time admirer of these cartoon creations and therefore issue many stamps from Mickey Mouse to the Muppets and from Looney Tunes to the Lion Kingdom.

The Looney Toon series began in 1997 with the release of a set of 32-cent stamps featuring Bugs Bunny. In 1998 a 32-center portrayed Sylvester and Tweety. The year 1999 saw the issuance of a stamp hailing Donald Duck. In 2000 it was Wile E Coyote and Road Runner. Porky Pig appeared in the 2001 issue as he cried out "That's All Folks." It is expected that more of the Looney Toon characters will appear on U.S. stamps soon.

Looking back at the Wile E. Coyote stamps, we note that the pair first appeared in "Fast and Fury-Us" -- a short animated film showing Wile E. using 11 different methods trying to catch the elusive Road Runner. But all in vain. The setting is a desert in the American Southwest. There is no dialogue -- just Road Runner's cheerful signature call of "Beep Beep."

Mickey Mouse and his animated pals have been entertaining generations of children and adults throughout the world since 1928. Earlier this year the Postal Service honored "The Art of Disney: Friendship" depicting four new 37-cent stamps illustrating Mickey, Donald Duck and Pluto, Bambi and Thumper, the Lion King and son, and Pinnochio and Jiminy Cricket.

In July 2005, the "Art of Disney" set of four 37-cent stamps will be looking at celebrations attended by various characters. For example, Mickey goes to a tea party in Wonderland to meet with Alice and Snow White.

As previously reported here, you will see the lovable Muppets in March 2005 on 11 new 37-cent stamps. Included in the Muppet brigade are Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Statler and Waldorf, the Swedish Chef and Dr. Bunson Honeydew and his assistant Beaker plus their mentor Jim Henson.

Let us not forget the work of the popular Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Seuss showing "The Cat in the Hat" and, of course, "The Grinch." The 37-cent stamps were released in March of 2004.

Watch for announcements as to the locations and dates for ordering first day covers. Information is provided by phone via the Stamp Fulfillment Services, toll free at 1-800-STAMP-24. A selection of stamps and other philatelic items are also available at the on-line Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop.